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About Petronillus

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    Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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    social (non-competitive) ballroom dancing, mystery novels
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    St. Petersburg, Russia

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  1. The level of discourse can get pretty rough, sometimes even coarse. I'm surprised to learn that the Celebrity board adheres to a higher standard. There are a lot of nostalgic people who mourn the loss of features/aspects/amenities that were very important to them. So far, my own sacred oxen haven't been gored. I used to love the Adagio Strings. Now I'm overjoyed with Lincoln Center Stage. I disliked having to make luggage space for my formalwear, but felt genteel and elegant when I'd dress up in my tuxedo and its accessories (including the infernal patent leather shoes!) Now I don't miss them a bit. On the other hand, if HAL decides to dispense with an on-board chaplain and I no longer get to choose whether or not to worship at daily Mass, then I'd be mortally wounded. But all in all, I've accommodated to the march of time pretty well. I think the addition of Seth Wayne in his new capacity is a positive development and a welcome innovation. I find it puzzling that you find "shill" such an offensive term. I understand it to be more at the level of "mouthpiece" or "sawbones" and not at the level of "shyster" or "quack." Like an attorney, a brand ambassador is duty-bound to represent her client or employer and to present the facts supporting her client's or employer's interests in the light most favorable to the client/employer. But the advocate's stock in trade is her integrity, because her credibility is rooted in her integrity. Therefore, the base and core of the advocate's success are the facts -- in other words, the truth. People on this board who are familiar with Seth Wayne say that he loves cruising; he is devoted to the cruise experience. HAL is lucky to have such a person as its spokesman, its ambassador to the consuming public, starting with social media, but (I say hopefully) extending beyond social media. If he can convince the regular denizens of this HAL board that HAL is listening, that HAL is paying attention, and that HAL cares about its passengers, I say welcome to him.
  2. Here is a sterling example of why I consider RuthC the dean of the HAL board here on CC. Imho her posts always deserve careful and respectful attention. (Yes, yes, I know: everybody deserves respect; not everybody deserves care or attention.)
  3. My first reaction to OP's post was, "So HAL has gotten itself a new shill. Ho hum!" And then I thought about the numberless times we've seen the comment, "Is HAL listening?" I for one think it would be a good thing to hear from time to time from "a brand ambassador" who represents HAL's point of view. Maybe it's not unique, the position of brand ambassador, but I give Orlando Ashford credit for designating somebody to serve as HAL's eyes, ears, and mouth on social media including CC. Here is somebody, of moderate notoriety, who is not an employee of HAL or CCL and who is enlisted not for fairness and balance, but to present facts in the light most favorable to HAL and to keep his finger on the pulse of HAL's customers and report his findings back to management. That's a good start.
  4. "Round-eyes sushi"? Doesn't sound very woke!
  5. Bozo T. Clown was one of the great figures of my childhood. I just took a look at your signature stamp. I envy you your upcoming looooooong B2B2B on the Oosterdam. I promise that DW & I will get it nicely warmed up for you when we do the Panama Canal transit in February.
  6. When I read OP's title, "How To Pass the Time," I thought he/she might have been asking about time on board ship. Very few of us who frequent the CC boards can appreciate the viewpoint of those who find time weighing heavily on their hands while on a cruise. But there are people like that. In my experience (definitely, not my personal experience, thank the Good Lord!), they tend to be middle-age men who wind up either drinking their days away or planted in the casino mindlessly punching buttons on the slot machines. As it is, OP is jumping up and down in anticipation. I endorse wholeheartedly the suggestion of Mr. Boston above. IMHO nobody beats Michener in capturing the sweep of a land's (and its people's) development. DW & I are mere weeks away from our first Panama Canal transit. In addition to escaping the brutal grip of a Chicago winter, I look forward to witnessing the canal in operation from up close. In preparation, on the recommendation of a denizen of this board, I read David McCullough's 600+ page history of the exploration of the Central American isthmus and the planning, designing, and building of the canal. It was a heck of a commitment, but I am so much the better for it. I feel much better equipped to see and appreciate the entire span of our transit knowing the towering figures (along with multiple scalawags and knavish imbeciles) who contributed to its creation.
  7. This is great to hear. I remember the Sel de Mer display on the Koningsdam last February and at that time the charges were all a la carte -- and eye-popping. By my calculations, one could easily expect to be set back $150-$200. Way beyond, in my humble estimation, a reasonable upcharge from the already-baked-in MDR standard of comparison.
  8. I am of the same mind as cruisemom42. At home I still love the feel and convenience of a text emblazoned with ink on paper. At sea or in an airplane, I am delighted to have a supply of thrillers and crime novels loaded electronically on my kindle. We are about to escape the icy grip of a Chicago winter with a 17-day Panama Canal transit. In preparation I read, to my amazement and delight, David McCullough's masterful 600+ page history of the canal project. That one I'm lugging along in hard copy, for reference. But other than that and my monthly Give Us This Day prayer book, everything else is going on my kindle. We were on the Rotterdam in September. The library was well stocked with reading materials and games and puzzles (although, come to think of it, I never saw anyone manning the librarian's desk). In the entry to the Lido buffet at breakfast and here and there at other spots throughout the day, including the library, hard-copy 4-page news summaries were available in multiple languages (French, German, and Dutch, as well as English) and the English-language versions hailed from multiple countries (NYT for the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia). The US versions ran out quickly, but I very much enjoyed deciphering the French and German versions and getting the Canadian, UK, and Australian slants as well. For longer-form reportage, the Navigator app contains a tab with selected NYT articles, which I also enjoyed and appreciate. If I find on our upcoming PC cruise on the Oosterdam that the hard-copy summaries are omitted, I'll be satisfied with the NYT as offered on the Navigator app.
  9. Ditto! I agree wholeheartedly. To me, a robe is a form of cover-up. By my standards of etiquette and modesty, one wears a cover-up while heading from the cabin to the pool or spa and vice versa; one does not wear one's cover-up while dining whether at the MDR or the Lido buffet. Grabbing lunch or a snack poolside from the pizza joint or the hot dog stand is a different matter. No, I don't have an attack of the vapors when i see folks lounging in the Lido buffet in their robe; it just strikes me as out of place.
  10. Funny thing: we've booked a suite only one time, and that was a Vista suite on the Kdam. I have no recollection of getting or not getting slippers, ever. Just doesn't register in my memory banks. But I suspect the grapes are sour anyway.
  11. We learned our lesson on the Koningsdam. We had a non-Neptune (Vista?) suite on Deck 6, right at the bow. On first impression it was dramatic and facially appealing, and I did enjoy the extra window facing forward (through which I had a memorably splendid view of the full moon one night). But the verandah was a disappointment. It wrapped around to the front, but the forward portion had no furniture and was usable for little besides standing and gawking, and the wind buffeted us relentlessly when the ship was underway. And the verandah proper, facing to the side, was truncated, squeezing the space allowed for the furniture, and had a solid metal wall cutting off all visibility when sitting. Most of all, we found that we had a major hike on our hands whenever we trekked to the MDR or anywhere else from midship to aft.
  12. I have been reading reports that El Nino has caused a prolonged drought in Panama and that the water level in Gatun Lake has fallen materially. As a result, I understand, the Canal Authority has lowered load limits on some ships and is reducing the number of ships allowed to transit the Canal per day. How if at all is this going to affect cruises into and through the Canal? I would imagine priority would go first to military vessels, second to commercial vessels, and last to cruise ships and other pleasure craft. Does anyone here on CC have the inside scoop?
  13. To scubacruiserx2: Thanks so much for posting and for the link to your amazing videolog. I've been wondering about Amber Cove, and you've confirmed my misgivings. On the other hand, your account of the waterfalls tour was awe-inspiring. I wanna do it!
  14. DW & I are transiting the Isthmus in the Oosterdam a month from now. Which set of locks are we likely to pass through?
  15. Whatever the geographical details, I commend the OP on a noble and generous sentiment.
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